Charles Hutchins Educational Grant

The Charles Hutchins Educational Grant, co-sponsored by the SMTA and Circuits Assembly magazine, was established in memory of past SMTA president, educator, mentor, and industry colleague, Dr. Charles Hutchins.

The $5000 grant has been presented annually since 1998 to a full time graduate-level student pursuing a degree and working on thesis research in electronic assembly, electronics packaging, or a related field.
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2013 Hutchins Grant recipient Andrew Daya from RIT
The 2013 recipient, Andrew Daya, a graduate student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), has been selected by the SMTA Grant Committee for his project entitled "Package on Package: A Comprehensive Study of the Profile Requirements, Alloy Combinations, Location Influence, and Reliability Performance."

In May of 2014, Andrew will receive his Masters of Science in Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, where he has also previously received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Mechanical Engineering Technology.

The award was presented at the SMTA Annual Meeting during the SMTA International Conference in Fort Worth, TX, October 13-17, 2013. The 2014 grant will be presented at SMTAI in Rosemont, IL, Sep 28 - Oct 2, 2014.

PAST RECIPIENTS:
2012 Hutchins Grant recipient Xian Qin from Georgia Institute of Technology
2012
Xian Qin, Georgia Institute of Technology
Paper: "Highly Reliable Low CTE Interposer to Printed Wiring Board SMT Interconnections"
Where is she now? Continuing her graduate studies
2011 Hutchins Grant recipient Pylin Sarobol from Purdue University
2011
Pylin Sarobol, Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
Paper: "Growth Mechanisms for the Formation of Tin Whiskers"
Where is she now? R&D Scientist and Engineer, Sandia National Laboratories
2010 Hutchins Grant recipient Jonathon Tucker from Purdue University
2010
Jonathon Tucker, Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
Paper: "Effects of Alloy Composition and Low Current Density Electromigration on Deformation Behavior of Pb-Free Solders"
Where is he now? Reliability Engineer, Microsoft
2009 Hutchins Grant recipient Zhaozhi (George) Li, from Auburn University
2009
Zhaozhi Li (George), Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
Paper: "Design, Processing and Reliability Characterizations of 3D Wafer Level Chip Scale Packaging Technology"
Where is he now? Senior Process Technology Development Engineer, Intel ATTD
2008 Hutchins Grant recipient Lei Nie, from the University of Maryland
2008
Lei Nie, Ph.D., CALCE @ University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
Paper: "Reliability of Reballed and Reworked Plastic Ball Grid Arrays in SnPb and SAC Assembly Process"
Where is she now? Hardware Reliability Engineer, Lab126
Gayatri Cuddalorepatta
2007
Gayatri Cuddalorepatta, University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
Paper: "Cyclic Plasticity vs. Cyclic Creep Fatigue of SnAgCu (SAC) Solder: A Micromechanics Approach"
Where is she now? Continuing her graduate studies
Sungchul Joo
2006
Sungchul Joo, Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
Paper: "Rapid Prototyping of Micro-Systems Packaging by Data-Driven Chip-First Approach Using Nano-Particle Metal"
Where is he now? Research Scientist, Cree, Inc.
Leila Jannesari Ladani
2005
Leila Janessari Ladani, Ph.D., University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
Paper: "Effect of Voids Caused By Manufacturing Variation on the Thermo-mechanical Durability of Sn3.8Ag0.7Cu Solders"
Where is she now? Professor, University of Alabama
Brian McAdams
2004
Brian McAdams, Ph.D., Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA)
Paper: "Sub-critical Initiation of Delaminations at the Underfill/ Passivation Interface in Flip-chip Assemblies"
Where is he now? Manager Global Products, W.L. Gore
Andrew Perkins
2003
Andrew Perkins, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
Paper: "Investigating the Combination of High and Low Cycle Fatigue on Solder Joints"
Where is he now? R&D Process Engineer, Aptina Imaging
Arun Gowda
2002
Arun Gowda, Ph.D., Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY)
Paper: "High I/O Area Array Devices and Stacked CSPs-Issues in Assembly and Reliability"
Where is he now? Electronics Packaging & Miniaturization Lab Manager, GE Global Research
Renzhe Zhao
2001
Renzhe Zhao, Ph.D., Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
Paper: "Wafer Applied Reworkable Fluxing Underfill for Direct Chip Attach"
Where is he now? Chief Technologist, Huawei Technologies Co.
Jennifer Venton
2000
Jennifer Venton Muncy, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
Paper: "Flip Chip on Flex for Low Cost Electronic Packaging"
Where is she now? Technology Development Manager, IBM Semiconductor Research and Technology Center
Anita Sargent
1999
Anita Sargent, Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY)
Paper: "The Mechanism of Electroless Gold Plating Using Dimethylamineborane Baths for Electronic Packaging Applications"
Where is she now? OB/GYN Resident, Yale Medical Center
Daniel Lewis
1998
Daniel Lewis, Ph.D., Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA)
Paper: "Solidification of Ternary Alloys"
Where is he now? Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

HUTCHINS GRANT COMMITTEE
Laura J. Turbini, Ph.D., Chair, International Reliability Consultant
Scott J. Anson, Ph.D., P. Eng., LeTourneau University
Tom Borkes, The Jefferson Project
Marie S. Cole, IBM Corporation
R. Wayne Johnson, Ph.D., Tennessee Tech University
Jason Keeping, P. Eng., Celestica Inc. (Canada)
Robert Kinyanjui, Ph.D., John Deere Electronic Solutions
Steven Lustig, The Coca Cola Company
Luu T. Nguyen, Ph.D., Texas Instruments Inc.
Andrew Perkins, Ph.D., Aptina Imaging
(2003 Hutchins Grant Recipient)

Yi Qin, Ph.D., The Dow Chemical Company